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Royals burn through £41m

Issue No. 2158

Ordinary people are being told to “tighten their belts” – but the royal family increased its spending by £1.5 million last year.

In 2008 the queen splashed out £600,000 on garden parties alone. She also spent £500,000 on food, £700,000 on housekeeping and £400,000 on “ceremonial functions”.

The cost of the monarchy now stands at £41 million. But that figure does not include the cost of their expensive “security” – that bill is a secret.

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Tue 30 Jun 2009, 18:25 BST
Issue No. 2158
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